Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

Recently I was driving in my car on the open road of Central Otago and there was nothing of interest on the radio so I reached into my old pile of CD’s and popped one into the player.

By chance it happened to be Glen Campbell’s greatest hits. One of the first songs that came up was "Try a little kindness".

As I drove through the Maniototo I heard the words "If you see your brother standing by the road with a heavy head from the seeds he sowed and if you see your sister falling by the way just stop and say "you’re going the wrong way".

"You’ve got to try a little kindness, yes show a little kindness just shine your light for everyone to see and if you try a little kindness then you’ll over look the blindness of narrow-minded people on the narrow

minded streets."

I thought how much that this song encapsulates the Christian message. It is a goal that we want our

children to achieve, to be kind and caring.

How often do we say or hear someone else say, "they brought that on themselves". But as the song says we need to be bigger than that.

The America basketball legend Larry Bird said "When he realised how good he was he could acknowledge the good play of others".

That I guess is the key Christian message of the song. Don’t just help your friends or those who ‘you’ think deserve help but rather help all who need help. For those little acts of kindness: saying hello to a stranger, smiling at someone who isn’t a happy person or offering assistance to someone who needs it. That is

being a follower of Christ.

Have a great week,

Mike Brosnahan


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